PolitiFact Virginia: Allen claim on debt ruled false
Former Governor and Senator George Allen has been seen quite a bit over the past few months. It is widely believed that Allen will make a run for his old seat in the U.S. Senate. A scenario he admitted he was something he was considering during an interview on NBC12 First at 4.
The possibility of an Allen taking on the man the beat him for re-election, Jim Webb may not happen though. Webb has not decided if he will run again.
As Allen continues to re-ignite his political career he is often called upon as a someone to give an opinion on the current state of political affairs. Not surprisingly, that opinion is generally in opposition to the current administration.
Allen penned an editorial for the Richmond Times-Dispatch on November 5th, just a few days after the election where he opined on what the new congress needs to focus on. One of the things that concerned him was the skyrocketing national debt.
He wrote: “People are rightfully riled by bailouts of failed automobile manufacturers, health care dictates, energy restrictions, and the unprecedented expansion of government spending and dangerous debt — nearly $6 trillion more than when President Obama was sworn into office.”
It was that $6 trillion figure that the reporters from the Times-Dispatch focused on.
According to their research, the Office of Management and Budget has recorded the debt going up $3 trillion since President Obama took office. You can read their entire report at PolitiFactVirginia.com.
Our report from NBC12 First at 4 can be seen below: